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Melissa

Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

Dayton, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Geek Love

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Katherine Dunn
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (176)

    No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy, the Binewskis are creating their own brood of sideshow freaks. Under Al's careful direction, the pregnant Lil ingests radioisotopes, insecticides, and arsenic to make her babies "special".

    Cayora says: "Shudderingly Good!"
    "I get glimpses of the horror of normalcy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great, I mean gritty great, psychologically disturbing,but mind blowingly great character development... the twisted psyche of the family members is absolutely enamoring.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Geek Love?

    Too many, one would have to be Mungo's demise and Ms Lick's last foot bath.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    Olympia, absolutely.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me think, cringe, laugh, wonder, contemplate and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended to those out there who appreciate the dark side of human psyche, those who can appreciate twisted beauty outside the mainstream and those of you who enjoy a true story that will leave you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One I Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    The summer of 1985 changes Reggie’s life. An awkward 13-year-old, she finds herself mixed up with the school outcasts. That same summer, a serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and, five days later, displays their bodies around town. Just when Reggie needs her mother, Vera, the most, Vera’s hand is found on the steps. But after five days, there’s no body and Neptune disappears. Now, 25 years later, Reggie is a successful architect who has left her hometown and the horrific memories of that summer behind.

    Lesley says: "Suspense that won't quit!"
    "You never know what other people are thinking"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The One I Left Behind to be better than the print version?

    Can't say only listened to the audio.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was kept intrigued and interested.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, although the male interpretations were kinda odd.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and No


    Any additional comments?

    A good story, had me guessing but it also left a lot of things hanging at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captive in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (395)

    Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For 12 years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature.

    Katheryne says: "Dark, disturbing, perverse…but I loved it!"
    "Yawn...well that was ....zzz..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different book altogether or a more captivating main character..he just came across as shallow and mucky.


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. J. Roberts again?

    Probably not


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Durante’s performances?

    Nope...too little inflection in her tone and no emotion....flat


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Captive in the Dark?

    Not sure, couldn't stay awake or focused long enough to absorb anything I can recall...period


    Any additional comments?

    Very shallow characters, bland interactions from what I can remember....just seemed tawdry and thin....Mind you I like tawdry but not, what is in my opinion, boring tawdry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (274)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    Dominique says: "True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach"
    "A book is as private and consensual as sex"
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    Where does Haunted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up there for one reason, Twisted and fearless in this twisted-ness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Whittier; can't tell too much but because he is a classically corrupt, twisted, fiendish type of dude.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hmm, can't say...a voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and No....sometimes you just need to process what you just heard for a minute....chew on it ((wink))


    Any additional comments?

    If you like dark, dirty, twisted and taboo this book is sooo for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bastard Out of Carolina

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dorothy Allison
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    Greenville County, South Carolina, is a wild, lush place that is home to the Boatwright family - a tight-knit clan of rough-hewn, hard- drinking men who shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly. At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective.

    Carolyn says: "Not for the Faint of Heart"
    "My heart broke all over again"
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    What did you love best about Bastard Out of Carolina?

    The gritty truth of the story and the unwavering bond within a family


    Would you recommend Bastard Out of Carolina to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, It is a compelling and raw story that is disturbing, yet so very real and more common than society would like to think.The author takes a brutally courageous approach to the subject matter and openly shows how the characters are impacted by their situations.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Evans’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but would consider doing so; she has great tone and is a very good narrator based on this experience.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    “Everything that comes to us is a blessing or a test. That’s all you need to know in this life.”


    Any additional comments?

    This book is raw, the physical and sexual abuse and how this forms the child's psyche is disturbing but oh so real. Some reviewers seemed to feel that there was too much focus on the sexual abuse and masturbation, I have to completely disagree; it is a part of the story but by far not at all the whole story, so please don't let the negative reviews deter you. This is a hauntingly good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Lily Rains
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.

    A. ricci says: "Kept my attention but slightly let me down...."
    "“Think of me. Remember me. Love me.”"
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    What made the experience of listening to Don't Breathe a Word the most enjoyable?

    Being drawn into the story, gripping, wanting, no needing to know more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisa, for her never-ending belief and sacrifice for it.


    Which character – as performed by Lily Rains – was your favorite?

    All of them, she did well with all the variables.


    Who was the most memorable character of Don't Breathe a Word and why?

    Lisa and The King of the Fairies ..Lisa for her naivety and unfaltering faith and The King for his guise and twisted reality developed at the hands of twisted fate.


    Any additional comments?

    Good narration, Great dark story. I love the twists and the ability of this story to completely pull you in and leave you cringing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1703)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (871)

    In this wickedly honest new work, Chelsea Handler casts the net wider with even funnier results, recalling the most noteworthy highs and lows of her life to date - including her efforts to diversify by dating red-haired men, her obsession with midgets, and the dog-sitting interlude in which her boyfriend became overly familiar with a Peekapoo.

    Teddy says: "Just Plain FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!"
    "Laughed out loud, a lot, and didn't care..."
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    Where does Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way Up There... TOPS!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea?

    Well.... how can I put this? The part that referred to the anatomy of man...LOL


    What about Chelsea Handler’s performance did you like?

    Her delivery is great, as always, raunchy yup... and I love her lack of a filter


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments had me crossing my legs (wink)... I was laughing so hard


    Any additional comments?

    If your a prude pass it by, If you want to laugh out loud don't!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10007)
    Performance
    (7475)
    Story
    (7516)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Remember the past and await the future..."
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    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    Great narration interesting character twist and the story is fun. This is a great story; there is a mystery, mixed with fantasy, science and romance. Started out a tad bit dreary but quickly picked up more and more, the ending will leave you wanting more. I listened and did not want to stop.


    What other book might you compare A Discovery of Witches to and why?

    Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly; for the mystery and character development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Against the Oak and the ending, won't say more no spoiler here.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I tried, If I could I would have...


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this for listeners of all ages, very enjoyable...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8415)
    Performance
    (5560)
    Story
    (5540)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "It is what it is..."
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    What did you like best about Voyager? What did you like least?

    The familiar characters and intrigue of where the


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Drums of Autumn


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It is what it is, a bridge to the next in the series, not as good as the first or the second and just an FYI, the third is better than this.


    Was Voyager worth the listening time?

    Yes, for the sake of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1646)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1121)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Run on sentences...classic Faulkner"
    Overall
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    Really good narration however in my opinion Faulkner is better read than listened too after a while the run on sentences get a bit monotonous when listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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